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I have lots of friends who are self employed and this time of year can be tough on them when there are so many winter illnesses going round. When you are self employed it's hard to take time off and also the loss of pay can cause financial worry. Since I started blogging I have found lots of tips along the way on how to protect yourself from illness when you are self employed.

Work From Home As Much As You Can

If your job allows it is so much better to work from home and avoid contact with people who may be suffering from a cold or virus. Viruses are much more likely to be caught whilst travelling on public transport or working at the office so working from home is a much better choice. If you don't have the luxury of working from home then when you see or hear someone coughing or sneezing a lot, just move away.

Open The Windows

Even on cold days I love opening all the windows and letting fresh air blow through the house. Obviously when it's cold it feels much better to have the fire or heating on but hot air in the home can actually make you feel worse. It can aggravate sore throats as the air becomes very dry. If you don't fancy opening your windows and would rather have the heating on, buy a humidifier.

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Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands is so important and you shouldn't just wash them after you have used the bathroom you should try and get in to the habit of washing them more often. If you are touching anything that other people have used then you will have germs on your hands. Washing your hands with soap and warm/hot water you can prevent the germs from spreading.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water throughout the day is a great way to flush out any toxins in your body and is also a good way to keep yourself hydrated. Drinking hot liquids such as tea, warm water and even soup can help loosen any congestion.

Take A Walk

Taking a walk in the fresh air is great for the lungs and also a way to help boost your immune system. You may not fancy heading out in the colder months but wrap up warm and you will feel better out in the fresh air rather than stuck at home.

Boost Your Vitamin D

We spend more time indoors during the colder months plus we have less sunshine so it can be easy to miss it. Eating tuna, mackerel, salmon, beef, cheese and eggs is a great way to top up your Vitamin D which can help keep coughs and colds at bay.

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  Look Out For The Signs

Sometimes we wake up and the cold or bug has hit us during the night without us knowing but other times we can try and look out for signs. If your throat is starting to feels scratchy or your chest feels a little tight you could be on your way to getting a cold. There are things we can do at this point to help shorten the length of the cold.

Using Coldzyme is a great way to help shorten the length of your cold if you have symptoms but it can also prevent it too especially if you can't get sick because you have an important meeting coming up, a trip or special event.

ColdZyme works by coating the lining of the mucous membrane, creating a protective barrier. the barrier acts osmotically on the cold viruses, trapping them and preventing them from binding with human cells, helping the body to remove them naturally.

Using the mouth spray is really easy all you need to do is aim the nozzle of your spray to towards your throat and press twice for two puffs. You do this every second hour up to six times daily. If you are not showing signs of a cold yet but have been exposed to someone who has one you can use the spray during that time. If you already have a cold you can continue to use until your symptoms are relieved.

Michelle



30 comments

  1. These are some great tips - I have to admit I'm just trying to stay away from everything at the moment, I guess that's a plus side from being self employed we can just stay home.

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  2. Very valuable advice given the current health scare. Some simple hygiene can make a world of difference to our health x

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  3. All seriously good tips! Having been self employed for well over 10 years, I can count on two fingers the only times I have been ill enough to not even turn on my laptop. I seriously just do not have the time to be ill so keep going. I think the moment I stop is when I will actually just drop. I try to stay away from seeing friends when they are ill, with no childcare or help I have no option, because there is noone to make me a cuppa when I'm not feeling well. Staying hydrated is a big one, keep drinking plenty of water always! Sim x SimsLife

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  4. I was self-employed as a management consultant for 15 years, and my job necessitated me going into my client's offices every day. When I was getting a cold, I used to self-medicate with DayCare and try to soldier on. The medication you mention sounds great, I wish I had known about it.

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  5. Home workers are often self employed, so it's much harder for them to take to their sick bed. However, they can work from home at their own pace without fear of infecting others

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  6. Kristine Nicole Alessandra9 March 2020 at 22:58

    I also work from home, although I still have to run errands and go to some places on occasion and that is what I worry about, with all these nasty viruses going around nowadays. Frequent hand washing, boosting our immunity and staying away from large crowds is what I do. I don't want to bring home a bug that would make my family sick. I will check our local pharmacy if they have ColdZyme too.

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  7. These are great tips. It is so important to protect yourself from illness when self employed as you can easily lose a lot of income by being ill whilst self employed.

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  8. We've used ColdZyme before and with plenty of rest and fluids it helps shorten a cold. Hibernating and washing hands helps stop spreading.

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  9. This sounds like a useful product. I work in a Secondary School and dread catching a cold!

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  10. With so many virus going around it is so important to stay healthy and keep illness at bay. I will be heading out to look for Coldzyme to keep for when one of us gets the cold. Sounds like a good product to help the symptoms

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  11. Yes there are a different set of problems when you are ill and can't really miss working as you don't have sick pay

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  12. Great tips, I try to stay as active as possible in the winter as I really think it helps to get out in to the fresh air as often as possible.

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  13. I have some coldzyme and it really works. I try and work from home as much as possible but sometimes the germs find you LOL

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  14. the only downside to self employment is an illness

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  15. Sensible tips, especially opening the windows no matter what the weather. Coldzyme is a new brand to me. Thanks for the intro.

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  16. i need to hydrate myself more! thanks for the tips x

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  17. There's great advice here, and it's so very topical right now!

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  18. Thanks for the great tips. I take cod liver oil supplements daily which are naturally rich in vitamin D and also take vitamin C. Again, thanks.

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  19. Aiming to avoid cold, flu and other viruses seems sensible, as they can be so uncomfortable, as well as inconvenient.

    Healthy lifestyle of good healthy Nutritious food, fresh air, some outdoor exercise such as a walk :- Sounds good. What we have been advised and encouraged to do from a young age. Accessibility of such a way of life needs improvements :- Fresh foodstuffs, unpolluted air, safe walkways are necessities.

    Rachel Craig

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  20. Great post and valuable tips thanks for sharing

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  21. Some great tips. All too often we prioritise keeping others fit and healthy and neglect ourselves

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  22. Brilliant tips here, winter always seems to be the season for picking up almost anything, so all help is greatly appreciated

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  23. Sounds like great ideas to protect against Coronavirus aswell!

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  24. Great advice, it's hard to avoid infection however your working situation works xx

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  25. In these troubled times good advice for everybody not just the self-employed. Thank you

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